Business Leaders for the FCWA: John Tonnison, Tech Data Corporation

Businesses are an essential part of the coalition working to pass the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, legislation that would protect gay and transgender Floridians from discrimination. Some of Florida’s leading employers are stepping up not only because they believe in treating all people fairly, but because passing the FCWA will be good for business.

We’ve asked some of the members of the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce Coalition why they’re standing up for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act and we’ll be sharing their answers with you here on our website in the coming weeks.

John TonnisonJohn Tonnison, Tech Data Executive Vice President and CIO:
“Protecting gay and transgender Floridians from discrimination isn’t just morally the right thing to do,it’s prerequisite if our state wants to be relevant and economically competitive in the global market. This year, the legislature has the opportunity to send a signal that Florida is open for business—to everyone. Florida lawmakers should not miss this critical opportunity to help our economy and enhance our global credibility.”

Having one uniform non-discrimination policy across the state will help businesses keep and attract top talent while avoiding the confusion caused by Florida’s current patchwork of county and municipal ordinances. Already, 61% of Fortune 500 companies – including some of Florida’s largest employers – have policies in place to prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender people.

Thanks to ALL of the businesses who are publicly supporting this critical legislation. You can read the growing list here.